August 31, 1977 
|Other names||Shannon Rogers Guess, Shannon Rogers Guess Richardson, Shannon Guess Richardson|
|Known for||sending letters laced with Ricin|
Richardson is known for minor television and film roles and for her alleged involvement in ricin-laced letters sent to U.S. President Barack Obama and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, for which she was indicted.
As of June 2013[update], Richardson had five children, ranging in age from 4 to 19, and was pregnant with another; none of them are fathered by Nathaniel Richardson, her current husband. On July 4, 2013, Richardson gave birth to a baby boy named Brody while in custody. Officials said that the baby was born four months prematurely, and was only two pounds, and he needs to remain hospitalized. In August 2013, Nathan Richardson won temporary custody of Brody.
Ricin poisoning attempt
Nathan Richardson has not been charged with any crime. He told investigators that his wife set him up. Investigators found evidence that Shannon Richardson mailed the ricin laced letters herself, in an effort to set up her estranged husband.
Shannon Richardson was arrested on June 7, 2013 for her alleged involvement in ricin-laced letters sent to politicians including President Barack Obama and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. She was charged with "mailing a threatening letter to President Barack Obama". On June 6, she confessed that she had mailed the three letters, knowing they contained ricin, but claimed her husband made her do it.
On June 20, 2013, a federal judge ordered Richardson be given a psychological examination, based on a request from her court-appointed attorney, who said she had shown "a pattern of behavior" that raised questions about her ability to assist in her own criminal defense.
On June 28, 2013, Richardson was indicted and charged in the mailing of ricin-laced letters to Obama and Bloomberg. The three-count indictment accused her of mailing three threatening letters around May 20 to Obama, Bloomberg, and Mark Glaze, the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. A criminal complaint filed on June 7 revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigations had used Mail Isolation Control and Tracking (MICT), a previously undisclosed mass surveillance program run by the U.S. Postal Service, to narrow its investigation to Richardson.
On November 22, Shannon Richardson reached a plea agreement and faces up to five years' imprisonment on each of three counts. On December 10, she plead guilty and faces up to eighteen years imprisonment.
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